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Topic: Melody (08/24/06)
TITLE: An ordinary day for Melody
By Sandra Smith
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"Excuse me." The elderly man reached forward to steady himself as his cane almost fell to the ground. Melody stood up immediately; offering her seat to this person was second nature. "Thank you very much. My body cannot do the things it used to." He smiled as he slipped into her seat. "Boy this is bad timing for a doctor's appointment. It's rush hour and everybody in the city is on this bus!" Melody laughed. "Yes.. it certainly feels that way sir. It's very crowded."
The conversation continued as the bus started and stopped along it's route. Melody enjoyed speaking with someone who had a lifetime of experience and could share some of his story with her. Near one of the stops, Ed (he had shared his name with Melody) suddenly gasped and leaned forward. "My stomach...it feels knotted and painful!!!" After finding out what he had for breakfast, Melody discovered that his doctor was at the next building. "The bus will let passengers off at this stop and we can walk." she explained to Ed. She realized that she could make up her time at work but would probably not have an other opportunity to assist Ed who appeared to be in physical distress.
"Father... could this be one of Your plans for me today? Help me to honour You as I walk with him to his appointment." she prayed fervently. Ed was now doubled over and barely able to walk. They reached the building and Melody pushed the button for the elevator to the floor 3. After explaining to the receptionist why she was with Ed, she was invited to have a seat in the comfortable waiting room while Ed was whisked into the examining room post haste. Forty minutes later after she had read magazines and used her time to pray for Ed and her colleagues the nurse came over to her chair. "Excuse me... are you Melody? Thank you for coming in with Mr. Draker this morning. It turns out that his ulcer suddenly reacted. He's going to be ok... I just wanted to express his thanks to you. He's going to finish with the doctor and has arranged for a cab to get home. He said that you were on your way to work? How kind that you would interrupt your day and how fortuitous that his appointment was made for September 11 ... the timing was wonderful. If you're going to have problems... it's good to have them at the doctors office! I imagine you have to get to work. Where do you work? What?!!! The 67th floor of the World Trade Centre???????"
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